Cross Country

Head of Cross Country: Mr Edward Griffiths (ejg@cranleigh.org)

Coaching Staff:
Mr Kevin Weaver
Mr Steve Pidgeon

Cross Country is a fun and rewarding sport open to all those in the UVth and above who would like to improve their fitness and take on the challenge of improving physical and mental stamina. Endurance is a vital quality to develop, and Cross Country is the ideal sport for this. We train twice week during both the Michaelmas and Lent terms, concentrating one day on fitness and endurance, and at least once a week we run in the nearby hills and woods, through some of Surrey’s most spectacular countryside. Pupils usually run in three separate groups, to which they are allocated according to ability.

Contrary to many misconceptions, cross country is not just an individual sport, but is very much a team sport, and all pupils must compete in a fixture in September before selections are made for subsequent events. The sense of camaraderie is tremendous, and the team works together closely in both training and fixtures in a friendly and supportive, but energetic and driven, mindset. Racing is full of strategy and thought.

It is hoped that, as well as attending the many fixtures against other schools in the area, we will also start to develop biathlon and triathlon teams in the future.

We currently meet on the Speech Hall steps at 3.15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with matches on Saturdays during the Lent Term.